A RESIDENTS’ group is urging locals to join their ranks and have a say about issues in their area.
Members of the Howletch Residents’ Association are inviting people from the area to attend their meetings which are held once a month.
Members of the group want anyone who lives within the boundary to come forward to discuss local issues or concerns.
Group members say they have previously had success in raising issues with the authorities.
They say they can act as a voice for local people and help sort out any problems or give weight to issues including littering, dog fouling, and speeding.
A group spokesman said: “The meetings give you the chance of interaction with the police, East Durham Homes, town and county councillors as well as special guest speakers. Also you can have a good chin-wag with people who matter, and that’s you.
“Since the association began about a year ago, we have been successful on numerous occasions, for example: the fence behind the fish shop has at long last been repaired, the phone box on Pennine Drive has been retained instead of being demolished, while a garage wall was lowered and repaired in Mendip Close.
“Warnings have been issued to off-road bikers, however this is ongoing and seems to anger a lot of residents.
“Let’s not forget, several bikes have been destroyed because of a concerted effort by the PCSOs who cover the Howletch area.”
Meetings are held at the community house in Fairclough Court on the second Thursday of every month at 10am.
The spokesman added: “We create an ideal forum to complain to authorities about anything from littering, to the setting up of a 20mph speed limit around our local schools with the support of the headteachers in our area. Whether its noisy dogs or dog fouling we can make a difference, so join us at our next meeting and have your say where the people who can help, will be listening.”